Search Results: "Merlin Donald"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Withal, a fine, provocative and absorbing account of what makes humans human."
``The modern era, if it can be reduced to any single dimension, is especially characterized by its obsession with symbols and their management.'' So says Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ontario), echoing the philosopher Ernst Cassirer a generation ago—with a difference. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"An intriguing but strongly one-sided account."
Although scientists and philosophers don't pretend to understand the neurological mechanism of human consciousness, they are eager to theorize about it. Donald (Psychology/Queen's Univ., Toronto) reviews the evidence and explains how he believes the brain converts sensory input into awareness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Too academic, but still a significant book for die-hard Merlin fans and skeptical scholars."
This important addition to Arthurian scholarship traces the origins of Merlin, unearthing consequential new material. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and over the top, but a delicious romp. (Fantasy. YA)"
In a stand-alone companion to Deep Secret (1999), Jones takes the kitchen-sink approach to plotting a gloriously twisty adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN EFFECT by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"EWSLUGTA Barron (The Ancient One, 1992, etc.) may not be in T.H. White's league, but he'll do. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Merlin effect is a kind of immortality bestowed by Serilliant, a shell-shaped horn fashioned by the craftsman Emrys as a gift for his mermaid bride, Wintonwy. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF MERLIN by Deepak Chopra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Crawling about on the web of time makes for light and lively storytelling."
Guru Chopra's (Ageless Body/Timeless Mind, 1993, etc.) first novel comes up with a mind/body version of the Arthurian legend that lends great charm to familiar lore. Read full book review >

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THE WISDOM OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
Released: March 24, 2015

"Words to live by, trite and larded with sentiment though they be in this particular iteration. (Inspiration. 17 & up)"
A small volume of homilies, spun from a 2013 speech and perfect for a graduate's gift (should pots of money not be an option). Read full book review >

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MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED by David B. Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"Scholarship or scrapbook? This memoir with a mission suffers from an identity crisis."
A fascinating though fragmented look at the extraordinary life of visionary feminist Merlin Stone (1931-2011). Read full book review >

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THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"While Barron is careful to show that Merlin is still physically a boy, readers are left with a vision of a more confident, compassionate hero, prepared to confront the joys and sorrows that await him in future volumes. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Barron (The Merlin Effect, 1994, etc.) transforms the early years of the mythical wizard's life into a vivid, action-filled fantasy, replete with deep forests, ruined castles, and evil spells: a promising first installment of a projected trilogy. Read full book review >